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Denmark Aims For 50 Percent Clean Energy By 2020, 100 Percent By 2050

Offshore wind farm in Denmark

Denmark has revealed a goal to have wind power supply over half of the electricity for the country by 2020, as part of a program presented by Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard. Denmark also aims to be 100% free of fossil fuels by 2050, relying entirely in wind power, biogas and biomass.

The current left-wing government has been in power since September, and a large portion of its work has been overtaking the previous administration’s substantial clean energy program with even higher goals. The previous plan called for a 22% increase in wind power by 2020, putting it at 42%.

The new government will invest 5.6 billion kroner (750 million euros/$996 million) into the energy program; some 2 billion more than the 3.6 billion invested by the previous administration.

The investments will be funded by an increase in energy prices, which will double as an incentive to encourage citizens to save energy by insulating homes and businesses. The government estimates homeowners will reduce their energy consumption as much as 8 to 10% by 2020.

Denmark’s government is also aiming to negotiate with political parties of all affiliations to make sure the program will not suffer setbacks or changes when a different administration comes into power.

It will be interesting to see if Denmark’s plan can prove that clean energy and energy efficiency can be an integral part of a better functioning country, and that the policy need not be be divided down party lines.

Is this also the future for most countries in the world, eventually?

Image CC licensed by Vattenfall: Horns rev wind farm in Denmark

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